Portrait of an Artist: Norbert’s PLAYLIST
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Portrait of an Artist: Norbert’s PLAYLIST

Works by Philip Glass, Andy Akiho, and David Lang

Norbert Lewandowski, cello

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Life has a soundtrack. There’s no denying it. Starting with your heartbeat, life itself is music. Absent this essential music, we cannot be. But in the modern age, life has progressed. Our soundtrack is infinitely customizable. Feeling blue? How 'bout some Blues… Feeling Green? While “not easy,” there’s a track for that. Thanks, Kermit.

What about everything else? The “everything” of modern life? Well, there are tracks for that, too. We call it a PLAYLIST. Cellist and WWCMF Lifer, Norbert Lewandowski, makes his first visit to the Winter Festival and he is bringing a playlist we can all appreciate… more Norbert. You’ll hear up to nine Norberts in this evocative performance of minimalist and futurist music for cello and recording engineer.

Curious? Let’s just say that Norbert spent some serious time in the recording studio laying tracks for music by three great composers of our century. The thing about this playlist is that while some of the music was recorded in advance, you’ve got Norbert onstage bringing his trademark intensity to live sound. Prepare to lose yourself in the soundtrack of modern life.


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This event, like all WWCMF events, is BYOH: Bring Your Own Heartbeat! If you bring it and we stop it, we promise, we’ll get it pumping again!


Artist: Norbert Lewandowski, cello


Doors open at 5 PM.

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Special Event: What’s In A Song?
Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Special Event: What’s In A Song?

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Bicentennial Work by American Original, Frederic Rzewski

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Songs are potent. Some are ridiculous (i.e., a stadium of baseball fans doing the Macarena ca. early April 1996). Others are solemn (i.e., that same stadium of baseball fans standing for God Bless America ca. late September 2001). In either case, songs express immensity through a medium of inherent brevity.

To explore the potency of song, we have a great American pianist, Conor Hanick, playing the work of a great American composer, Fredric Rzewski (pronounced “CHEF-skee”). The People United Will Never Be Defeated! is a work for solo piano premiered by Ursula Oppens during the Bicentennial celebration of 1976 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Its generative material is a protest song of the same name, born of struggle in Chile under the repressive regimes of Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet respectively.

Taking the form of a theme and 36 variations, the work serves as a striking example of just how much can be contained in a single song. Conor Hanick makes his WWCMF debut in this rare opportunity to hear this great work live in its entirety.


Artist: Conor Hanick, piano


Doors open at 5 PM.

GENERAL ADMISSION $30

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Tasting Music: Grand Tour
Jan
19
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music: Grand Tour

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High Romanticism, Well Within Reach

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The Grand Tour used to mean an extended visit to Venice, Florence, and Rome (among other prominent European sites) to soak up Roman, early Christian and High Renaissance culture. Today we have a seemingly infinite number of grand tours, some in conjunction with a more recent construct, the Bucket List.

You can visit all 30 MLB ballparks. You can follow the Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland, or thumb through the Michelin Guide in France. Surfers have the Banzai Pipeline, Jaws and Mavericks. Elvis fans have Graceland, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs. Golfers… no, I won’t go there. Let’s just say I was recently embarrassed to witness golfers engaging in quasi-religious buffoonery on the first tee at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. The golfers were not Scottish. I digress…

Chamber music has its own Grand Tour, and it includes a stop at the Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47 of Robert Schumann. A Romantic masterpiece, the quartet is possessed of some of the most astounding melodic and contrapuntal invention in all of music. Composed in 1842 in Leipzig, the work pays respect to that other musical titan and Leipzig resident, J.S. Bach. Happily, this stop on tour includes wine by Rôtie Cellars in the very space in which it is made an aged.


Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47

I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II

III. Andante cantabile

IV. Finale: Vivace


Artists: Timothy Christie, viola; Conor Hanick, piano; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; Maria Sampen, violin


Doors open at 5 PM.

GENERAL ADMISSION $20

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Festival Series: Works by Bartók, Schumann and more…
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Festival Series: Works by Bartók, Schumann and more…

 Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

Completing the 2019 Winter Fest experience is the Festival Series performance at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Schumann’s masterpiece of melody and invention, the Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47, anchors the program. Also on tap is music for two violins by Hungarian master and WWCMF 2019 Poster Composer, Béla Bartók.

Though darkness envelops the Walla Walla Valley by late afternoon in January, but the music of Bartók, Schumann and more will flood the theater with warmth and light. This concert is not to be missed!


Artists: Timothy Christie, viola/violin; Conor Hanick, piano; Norbert Lewandowski, cello; and Maria Sampen, violin.


Doors open at 6 PM.

GENERAL ADMISSION $20.

The $45 Family Ticket admits two adults and up to four children. The $8 Youth Ticket admits students under 22 with valid student ID.

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